We’re a fidgety bunch; most of us have ADHD, are prescribed Adderall, work until the weeeeee hours of the morning, have a dozen or more tasks going at any given time, have a dozen or more ideas churning at any given time too. We are the people that make the Internet fun, exciting, and fresh. We design amazing images and websites and write the code that makes those sites work the way they are supposed too. Oh, and we almost all use multiple monitors to help power our day-to-day activities. There’s a reason why the world’s biggest geeks like to use multiple monitors. It’s not because they look cool, or because our boss recommended or offered them to us (heck most of us are entrepreneurs and we don’t have a boss anyways.) It’s because with all these ideas that we have, and all these projects that we have going, we have to have some way to organize and get stuff done. Using multiple monitors allows us web developers to do just that.
You’re probably think, “Yeah, you’re a computer nerd, you setup looks like something from the Matrix, with code streaming down the screen. You probably dress weird too.” Well technically, the only part that you’re correct about is the code streaming down the screen. But most of us, aside from being a little eccentric and having a short attention span, are actually pretty normal. We just like the idea of having multiple monitors to help organize applications, chat devices, email, browsers, programs to write code etc. What we’ve all come to realize is that being a bit spastic can be OK if you have the right tools to make it work.
So you may be wondering, what type of multiple monitor computer do you we web gurus use. There are a few key features that you should be looking for when you put together your multiple monitor system. This is what we in the business look for, and you should too. First and foremost, we look for the right graphics card. I should preface this by saying that a lot of modern or newer computers already have a video card that can handle multiple monitors, so you may not have to buy anything. But in the event that you do need to buy a graphic, you should pick a multi-head graphics card that is capable of handling multiple screens. There are a few good ones; here is a list of some high-end graphics cards that professionals use. In reality, you may not have the budget to afford one of these. There are some, however, that can do what you want in the $300-500 price range, and this is what I suggest you look for when you go to make that purchase.
The next thing that you should consider, if you’re putting together multiple monitors like we web gurus have, is the processor that you’re going to use. Personally, I prefer Intel products, and in particular the i5 and i7 processors are great. In fact, I use an i5 to power my machine. Intel has been around for a long time now and they have really developed a name for themselves as the top producers of processors.
Finally, RAM or memory is going to be a key component in powering your multiple monitor machine. It’s highly recommend that you don’t have below 4 GBs of RAM. Without the proper amount of RAM, you run into the risk of the machine not being able to power itself properly and having laggy monitors. Something you definitely don’t want.
If you look over all this information and have decided that putting together your own multiple monitor machine is too much work, then you can check out http://multi-monitors.com for machines that are already designed to run on multiple monitors. The advantage of going this route is that you can consult with an expert that already knows how to design the perfect machine for whatever you needs may be. The only drawback is that you’ll end up paying slightly more. For those that value their time, however, this is a sacrifice that they are willing to make.